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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For February, 2005

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FUNERAL
28 February 2005 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: Arcade Fire ::
In a sea of bands peddling wares of relative simplicity, “Funeral” represents a sense of the epic, played down with some lo-fi sounds, but none the less packed to the gills with orchestrated masterpieces

THE UNSIGNED GUIDE: 2005 EDITION
28 February 2005 / Mcr:Music / 640 Page Book
::
With over twice the content of the 2003 edition, The Unsigned Guide provides a near comprehensive directory of labels, publishers, media, resources, courses, equipment, studios and so on.

KING OF COMEDY
28 February 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Mang Mang Mangs ::
Mellow, but deeply efficient, moody track with impressive vocals and fantastically arranged, but sparse piano and raw, unaffected guitars.

" 1 "
28 February 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Yena Veldt ::
Fragmented stop, starts, crumbling effects and force fed nail gun drums

SHOT DOWN * joint single of the week *
28 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Island
:: Nine Black Alps ::
It’s been said before, but it’s pretty obvious they’re going to be massive

SCARLET FEVER / FLESH AND BONE
28 February 2005 / 2 Trk Enhanced CD :: Noise Underground
:: Three Children Of Fortune ::
Bass and drums capture enough momentum to catapult the blasting guitars

GET BACK
28 February 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Def Jam
:: Ludacris ::
All makes sense and turns a clever rap into a neat crossover track

THE JOKER
28 February 2005 / Skint / 4 Trk CD
:: Fat Boy Slim ::
Steve Millar Band classic, sees Fat Boy add his magic with a throbbing bass thump and plenty of electronic wizardry

DAKOTA
28 February 2005 / V2 / 2 Trk CD
:: Stereophonics ::
A stonking chart pouncturing single

PANIC ATTACK
28 February 2005 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk CD :: One Records :: BMG
:: Ludovico ::
Twisted riffs and harmonics, all ringing off the shimmer of the last hammered jangle

VIVA LA DIFFERENCE
28 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Portobella ::
Welcome break from the maudlin rubbish and “executively” produced mash ups that are normally on offer.

AN HONEST MISTAKE * record of the week *
28 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Loog / Polydor
:: The Bravery ::
A perfect pop song, played with a serious sense of mischievousness - the dark brooding, serious stabs of guitar and the hair raising use of sequencers and synths

THE ORCHESTRA, SADLY, HAS REFUSED
28 February 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: The Silent League ::
After couple of low key outings, this fully fledged album is a complete, wholesome and intriguing

.EMBRACE.DESTROY.
28 February 2005 / 6 Trk CD :: Stunted
:: Fulc ::
Big, well constructed, semi-prog rock of all spectrums will begin its ascendance in 2005 and Fulc are part of a growing army of exponents.

DEMO
22 February 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Free Mojo ::
Now we have Free Mojo; another suit wearing, wolf wailin’ blues/garage-rock combo and do we really need them? Well frankly, no but we don’t “need” camera phones or takeaway curries either.

DEMO
22 February 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Columbia ::
If you thought that Jet had stooped lower than anyone else in the history of popular music, you might want to have a quiet word with yourself after hearing Columbia.

BULL GOOSE LOONY
22 February 2005 / Demo / 12-Trk CD
:: Bull Goose Loony ::
Their thunderous blend of harmonies and big drum beats makes this album an interesting listen.

DEMO
22 February 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Battles of Winter ::
With interesting blends of guitars and keyboards, The Battles of Winter have a rough, but steady palate of songs that are rich in atmosphere and emotion.

PREfection
21 February 2005 / 4 AD / 10 Trk CD :: Monitor
:: Cass McCombs ::
Adventurous, accessible, remarkable stuff.

STILL NOT GETTING ANY...
21 February 2005 / Warner / 11 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Simple Plan ::
My faint hopes of Green Day punching their little, tiny corporately constructed watered down versions of themselves into the middle of next week were dashed

BREACH
21 February 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: Zoe / Rounder
:: Shivaree ::
Feels more solidly aimed at the alternative easy listening market

MILK IT
21 February 2005 / SonyBMG / 23 Trk 2xCD :: Concrete :: BMG
:: Death In Vegas ::
Just buy it – it’s a bargain and it’s brilliant.

APPLY SOME PRESSURE * record of the week*
21 February 2005 / Warp / 2 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
Maximo Park have a compelling sound and an ear for a tune that marks them down as a band with a future

WHAT THE HELL
21 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Dragons ::
Not one for the kids, expecting falsetto operatics and a tase of the new vaudeville. Truckers and sales reps may like it though

CLUB HOOLA HOOP’S WALLS / THIS AWFUL MORNING
21 February 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Cargo
:: Cherubs ::
Richochet rasps of tumbling, crunched up guitars and rolling drum beats

ONLY ONE WORD COMES TO MIND
21 February 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Once the heady climatic crunch of massive guitars finishes things off , a chart placing isn’t just a hope, it’s a right

RUN
21 February 2005 / Polydor / 1 Trk CD :: (Fiction / Universal)
:: Stephen Fretwell ::
Stripped back arrangements, carefully tuned passages and a vocal that’s both on the edge of tumbling apart and dry

BASTARDO
21 February 2005 / Double Dragon / 3 Trk CD
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
Spiked with Pixie-esque phrases, powerful guitar work and plenty of on the cusp moments

YOU CAN’T STEAL MY LOVE
21 February 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: Majesty / Mute / EMI Sweden
:: Mando Diao ::
As perfectly executed as a ballroom dance by Natasha Kaplinsky.

NO WOW
21 February 2005 / Domino / 11 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
There’s an uncluttered, naked, 70’s glam feel to some of the melodies - but each and every track is set to something more akin to a short circuiting power supply

TRANSMISSION
21 February 2005 / EMI / 4 Trk - 10” Vinyl :: Labels
:: Radio 4 ::
Melodic, acutely stern, crammed with disco rhythms, Radio 4 were the first and are maybe the best GoF revivalists

GOJONNYGOGOGOGO FAVOURITES #1
14 February 2005 / GoJonnyGoGoGoGo / 24-Trk CD
:: I Had An Inkling :: Motormark :: Hello Cuca :: Jeffrey Lewis :: Hyper Kinako :: The Exteriors :: The Lust Puppies :: The Real Losers :: The Long Blondes :: The Language of Flowers :: Aqua Vista: Benjamin Wetherill: Printed Circuit: The Holy Terror: Bearsuit: Milky Wimpsake: The Motherfuckers: The Starlets: Zombina and the Skeletones: The Chemistry Experiment ::
Not quite as impenetrable as its League of Gentlemen namesake but frequently as daft Leeds based label GoJonnyGoGoGoGo (!) presents an exhaustive compilation of everything from surf, psychobilly, avant-garde, lo-fi and electro. Highly recommended.

IT’S HARD TO SELL YOUR HOME (WHEN IT’S PART OF A CHAIN) * record of the week *
14 February 2005 / Northern Ambition / 3 Trk CD
:: Nathan Burton ::
That the three songs on here are a mere glimpse of the songs he has stuffed away in his guitar case is nothing short of a miracle

SUNNY ROAD
14 February 2005 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: Emiliana Torrini ::
If Torrini isn’t acclaimed for her second album “Fisherman’s Woman” , big questions should be asked

NAKED
14 February 2005 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD + 36 Page Booklet
:: Benjamin Zephaniah ::
The words are really the main reason for getting interested and in some respects the music is secondary

SOUNDS FROM A BIG TOWN
14 February 2005 / 41 Trk, 3xCD :: Timeless Music Project
:: Various Artists ::
One thing to note, is that Huddersfield has a scene going on - one that marks it up as a Big Town

JUST LET ME TALK TO HER
14 February 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Fire Bomb
:: Whole Sky Monitor ::
Whole Sky Monitor do have something. Developments should be watched carefully.

OCEAN’S TWELVE
14 February 2005 / Warner / 15 Trk CD
:: David Holmes ::
Leans to 70’s Acid Jazz, with strong latino themes and authentic samples / songs / styles - but ultimately it's a Hollwood compilation

LOVE IS AN ARROW
14 February 2005 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: Aberfeldy ::
Four quite different tracks you’d be hard pushed to find in one place – except of course on an Aberfeldy EP

KEINE LUST
14 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Island
:: Rammstein ::
With Rammsteins serious, but slightly comical outlook this comes across as epic entertainment

CHILDREN’S CHILDREN
14 February 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Agent Blue ::
Agent Blue WILL come up with one of the best songs in the world – eventually – it’s just not this one, but for now it’s good enough.

I BELIEVE
14 February 2005 / Death of Records / 4 Trk CD
:: The Marble Index ::
Marble Index now need to chuck out something you can really remember rather than a faint recall to my late 1990’s alt.rock collection

ON A NOOSE
14 February 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: 1-2-3-4 Records
:: Towers Of London ::
The Ramones are 75% dead, but their records live on, sounding 1000% more magnificent than this

STAY, WHERE YOU ARE
14 February 2005 / 1 Trk CD :: TVT
:: Ambulance Ltd ::
A good tune but not any different from a ton of stuff out right now

EX’s
14 February 2005 / 1 Trk Download
:: Sam and Me ::
Sam & Me haven’t even started yet so don’t be surprised if it all takes off rather spectacularly

THE SUPERIMPOSERS
14 February 2005 / 9 Trk CD :: Little League
:: The Superimposers ::
It's easy to appreciate how The Superimposers retrospective mixed up loop driven landscapes and jazz folk hybrid tunes currently appeal

OUR PRESENT TO THE FUTURE
14 February 2005 / Salsoul / 13 Trk CD :: Something In Construction
:: 69 Corp ::
With Unkle, M83 and Death In Vegas the benchmark has been set, although this does come close with some New Romantic moves

SPOKE INTO THE FUTURE
14 February 2005 / Northern Ambition / 4 Trk CD
:: The Mountaineers ::
Mountaineers mangle their genres, jumble their sounds into a heady fusion of electronics and clattering instruments

DEMO
08 February 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Columbo ::
Oh great, I haven't heard the intro to Cigarettes and Alcohol for, oooh, a week at least. Oh, my mistake...

DEMO
07 February 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Land Ahoy! ::
If you condensed the entire works of Steve Albini and then squeezed it through the colander of pop you could have something like Land Ahoy! A land of hope and glory, indeed.

MY WITNESS
07 February 2005 / Of Naked Design / 3-Trk CD
:: The Irrepressibles ::
Like anything that’s so unashamedly bohemian, it will doubtless upset certain factions and that can only be a good thing.

CASH MACHINE
07 February 2005 / 2 Trk Enhanced CD :: Necessary Records, Atlantic
:: Hard-Fi ::
Big bass rumbles and quivers with pianos and mixed up guitars and echoes - Sandinista! meets crossover indie?

DON’T SAVE US FROM THE FLAMES
07 February 2005 / EMI / 4 Trk CD :: Gooom, Labels
:: M83 ::
The kind of exciting record that people have been waiting to hear since 1986

ORGAN DONOR
07 February 2005 / CNR Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Acarine ::
Sounds la little GLC but wittier, nestling nearer to the mind of Mike Skinner

THE GOOD ONES
07 February 2005 / Domino / 1 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
Kills return with a mind grabbing, sonically thrusting killer

DESTITUTE PROSTITUTES
07 February 2005 / Chrysalis / EMI / 1 Trk CD :: Echo
:: The Vacation ::
Coolly wallows in the swagger of the stooges, stadium rawk and late 70’s glam slamming punky rattles,

SHE’S GOT A REASON
07 February 2005 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Dogs ::
"We're Dogs and we're going to get fackin signed" - well they did, here's the result

RAPT.DEPT.
07 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Fiction / Polydor
:: yourcodenameis:milo ::
Broken, spasmodic and awkwardly disjointed verses and chorus's which sound like the heavier moments of Oceansize, plundered and then haunted by the voice of John Lydon

LION RIP * record of the week *
07 February 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Duke Spirit ::
This band are - or will be – even bigger news this year

LIKE TOY SOLDIERS
07 February 2005 / Universal / 3 Trk CD :: Shady Records / Interscope / Aftermath / Polydor
:: Eminem ::
Another impressive bout from the man from just outside Kansas City

SOMETIME YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN
07 February 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: U2 ::
The Edge and Bono jockey for position, but Mullen Jnr and Clayton are as integral as ever

SODIUM LIGHTS
07 February 2005 / Storm / 1 Trk CD
:: David Wrench ::
A very sellable and decent slice of infectious electro-babble

BURIAL GROUND
07 February 2005 / 3 Trk CD
:: Melaleuca ::
Stabbing attacks of drums and crashing walls of guitars - fantastically overwhelming.

MARSHMALLOW
07 February 2005 / Storm / 13 Trk CD
:: Marshmallow ::
Accomplished album that deserves some damn good listens, errr....most probably on a night in with a bottle of wine and some friends

EVIL BROTHER
07 February 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Surface To Air
:: Narco ::
Gameheads out there will have already taken a sweeping bend at 110mph in a 'Skyline to their sounds

DEMO
01 February 2005 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: Cujo ::
London based trio Cujo bring us their Offspring inspired punk-indie-rock, and it’s kind of good, in a cheesy, US adoring way.

DEMO
01 February 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Jist ::
None of Jist's tracks are bad, so to speak, they’re just a bit difficult to listen to because there’s so much going on.

FRAGILE VENGEANCE
01 February 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Sanity Lost ::
Four tracks from Sanity Lost could indeed be enough to take away one’s faculties. Perhaps time for a rethink?

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